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Palm Beach show returns in March

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The 2015 Palm Beach International Boat Show is set to take place in downtown West Palm Beach from March 26-29 along Flagler Drive, overlooking Palm Beach Island.

Gaining notoriety as a significant international yacht show, the event will feature more than $1 billion worth of yachts, boats and accessories, including hundreds of boats ranging from small inflatables and center consoles to fishing boats and superyachts larger than 200 feet.

There are several additions to this year's show. The Blue Wild will feature scuba, freediving, lobstering and safety seminars and a beautiful selection of marine art from world-renowned marine artists. The AquaZone will feature live paddleboard, kayak and stand-up-paddleboard yoga demonstrations in a 15,000-gallon freshwater pool.

Other activities for adults and children of all ages include swimwear fashion shows, IGFA School of Sportfishing seminars and youth fishing clinics presented by Hook The Future.

Parking is within walking distance of the show. Guests also are invited to come by boat and tie up to free Come-by-Boat docks located south of the in-water displays.

The show serves as the annual anchor event for the Palm Beach County marine industry. According to a 2014 recreational marine industry economic impact study, Palm Beach County's marine industry had an estimated impact of more than $1.8 billion in gross output, including $682 million in wages and earnings and an associated 18,220 jobs, up from 8,931 jobs in 2010. Palm Beach County had 36,852 registered boats in 2013.

The Palm Beach show is owned and sponsored by the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County Inc., managed and produced by Show Management, presented by Lincoln and Palm Harbor Marina and co-sponsored by Gosling's Rum, Yachts International Magazine, Smallwoods Yachtwear, GEICO, Budweiser and The Palm Beach Post.

Show Management and Soundings Trade Only are part of the Active Interest Media Marine Group.

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